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    I had a demo day at Harley Davidson in Mottingham, South London a few weeks ago, rode Heritage Softail, Fat Boy & V Rod muscle, when I got back on the FGT to go home, I couldn't find the foot pegs, it felt like a sports bike with rearsets.

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    On Father's Day (Sunday), I left the house at 8:00am and rode to Story, Indiana. There's an old general store there that has been converted to an inn and restaurant. Brown County, Indiana is known as a nice wooded, hilly area that is popular with vacationers so I thought I'd go have a look around.

    Starting in Verona, Kentucky my route took me west on US 42 and crossed the Ohio River into Indiana at the Markland Dam. Upon reaching the quaint river town of Madison, Indiana I went west through Austin and them north to Story and on to Nashville. I returned home on IN 46, IN 7, and back into Kentucky across the Markland Dam.



    I didn't eat before getting on the road, so a stop at Granny's Home Cookin' in Vevay was a must.



    When you get west of Madison, traffic thins out and you often find yourself alone in a vast expanse of open farmland on straight roads that undulate up and down gently.






    When I got closer to Brown County, the roads became more curvy as they skirted around hills and valleys, descending into and out of streams and river beds. IN 135, the entire length I rode, consisted of entirely of freshly applied oil and gravel, which hadn't yet been painted with lines. At first I was afraid the tires would pick up and fling the oil, but it had cured enough that nothing flew up.



    I found plenty of shade and parking near the Inn in Story.



    A bird who'd had a breakfast of mulberries greeted my arrival in the traditional avian manner.



    A couple of nice bikes I saw in the parking lot (standouts amongst the Harleys and metric cruisers).





    Story Inn and Restaurant



    I wasn't hungry after my large breakfast, so I skipped the restaurant after stepping in to take a look around. It's a dining room set up in the old general store, with wooden floors, ceilings & shelves, with sundry antiques and old commercial ephemera on display.

    I wandered around the side to see what was in the courtyard.





    I found a grill and outdoor eating area. I think this is more popular in the late afternoons and evenings; I was the only outdoor guest. I bought a bag of potato chips and a drink, and sat down to relax. The afternoon's entertainment, a Johnny Cash Tribute musician, joined me for some casual conversation.





    I left Story and rode less than a half hour north to Nashville. It turned out to be a tourist trap, shops and cars and jay-walking pedestrians everywhere. There was some kind of bike gathering, but it looked like a cruiser/bagger crowd so I didn't stop. It was starting to get hot, so I stopped for gas and a cold bottle of water and pointed the bike toward home.

    Halfway home, feeling hot and a little peckish, I stopped at a Dairy Queen in Versailles and ordered a medium chocolate-dipped vanilla ice cream cone. Really hit the spot...cooled me off and calmed my late afternoon appetite.



    I arrived home around 4:30 pm, jumped in the swimming pool to cool off, and grilled up four 1-1/2" thick Prime Angus ribeyes for the family that had gathered to celebrate Father's Day with me.

    All-in-all, a very good day!

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    Took the afternoon off work and rode my F800GT to Indian Demo Days. Rode the Scout Sixty, the Scout, the Chief Dark Horse, the Springfield, and the Chieftain. I passed on riding the Roadmaster. My GT looked a bit out of place amongst the baggers, although there was another fellow who rode there on a Moto Guzzi Norge.

    They took us on a 9-mile course through some nice countryside; took about 15 minutes to complete a circuit. We didn't get a chance to jump on the interstate highway...I think the maximum speed we rode was 55 mph.

    I had the most fun on the Scout Sixty and Scout. I think the Scout Sixty is a great deal: $9,000 vs. $11,500 for the Scout. I couldn't tell any difference in the power despite 60 cu. in. vs. 69 cu. in., and I did not miss 6th gear at all. The Scout Sixty really represents a lot of value at a $2,500 savings.

    I didn't like any bikes with windshields attached. To me they just created turbulence and buffeting, and I didn't like looking through the windscreen on the Springfield at all.

    Whereas the Scout Sixty and Scout were small and represented a return to the elemental nature of motorcycling, all of the larger bikes just seemed ponderous and isolating from the road and the experience of riding. They are all about their snorting engines.

    I think Indian needs to work a little harder on details...doing a better job hiding exposed wire looms, get rid of unsightly plastic covers that detract from aesthetics, put embossed Indian logos on the master cylinder covers rather than printed aluminum sticker plates. The switches also need to be improved for better feel. On all but the Scout models, the gear shift and side stand are much too far forward for me as a shorter rider. I had to reach forward with my toe pointed to change gears, and it was a real hassle to fully deploy the side stand.



    Me returning from a ride on the Scout:


    The Chieftain (not my cup of tea):



    Short vine of me returning from the first ride on a Scout. I must admit, the combined rumbling of all the engines was a lot of fun!

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    No food involved Hank?

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    Actually they grilled up free beef hot dogs and hamburgers picnic-style. Not much to look at and I didn't have much time anyway - I grabbed two hot dogs and gobbled them both down in about two minutes!

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    Ride to Brighton for fish & chips with Pheonix motorcycle training school whom I passed my test through, it was their annual longest day run, 20 bikes, 22 people.
    Good route down on twisty roads, thunder, lightning & torrential rain whilst there, fast motorway ride home for 10.15pm.
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    Rode outwith two friends for a 150 mile back-road tour around Norfolk. Kept off the main roads as much as possible using mainly 'B' and unclassified roads. Sun was shining and temps reaches 18 - 20C.

    Unanimous conclusion - It was the best day out on our M/Cs any of us had for a long time !

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    2014 GT Orange. Just the comfort pack and heated grips - not into gizmos.

    "Pity the man who wasn't born in the Highlands and hears the pipes"

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    Well, I technically didn't ride my 800 today; pop-up thunderstorms, high humidity, heat, and I was heading in a direction known for bad traffic and un-fun roads...so I caged it.

    Three buddies and I went to a Yamaha / Bolt Demo event on the east side of Cincinnati, Ohio. Really had a good time...much more organized, formal, and efficient (for better and for worse) than the Indian demo ride I went to earlier this week.



    Each participant was only supposed to get rides on three bikes, but due to gaps in filling all the time slots for all bikes, I finagled five rides: Bolt-R, FJR1300, FJ-09, XSR900, FZ-07.

    The Bolt engine was a dog. Some torque but no powerband that I could tell. I had a hard time keeping up with the triples. The FJR is unbelievable...an exercise in smooth precision. However, I could only get one toe tip down at a time due to the excessive width at the front of the saddle...untenable.

    The FJ-09 (MT-09) could be a serious competitor to the F800GT...the engine is a marvel and the ergos are great. Ride modes...I'd probably leave it in B "rain" mode most of the time. No difference in full-throttle power, just twist ratio. Don't need a quick throttle in the first 10 degrees of twist. Overall, really couldn't find fault with it, other than the chain drive and it's not pretty.



    I thought the gearing on the XSR900 felt short...need to look that up...felt like I was always in a higher gear than expected.

    The FZ-07 is an absolute rascal...torquey and grunty, the engine has loads of character and wants to play. The chassis felt well-sorted and the handling was extremely nimble. I thought it had a very well-appointed dash for the price category with digital bar tach, fuel gauge, digital speedo, separate left/right indicators, and more.



    Food was involved, Carlos...but alas no pics. You might have approved: complimentary little sections (75 mm long) of some submarine sandwiches, your choice of turkey, ham, or beef with some potato chips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futterman View Post
    Well, I technically didn't ride my 800 today; pop-up thunderstorms, high humidity, heat, and I was heading in a direction known for bad traffic and un-fun roads...so I caged it.

    Three buddies and I went to a Yamaha / Bolt Demo event on the east side of Cincinnati, Ohio. Really had a good time...much more organized, formal, and efficient (for better and for worse) than the Indian demo ride I went to earlier this week.



    Each participant was only supposed to get rides on three bikes, but due to gaps in filling all the time slots for all bikes, I finagled five rides: Bolt-R, FJR1300, FJ-09, XSR900, FZ-07.

    The Bolt engine was a dog. Some torque but no powerband that I could tell. I had a hard time keeping up with the triples. The FJR is unbelievable...an exercise in smooth precision. However, I could only get one toe tip down at a time due to the excessive width at the front of the saddle...untenable.

    The FJ-09 (MT-09) could be a serious competitor to the F800GT...the engine is a marvel and the ergos are great. Ride modes...I'd probably leave it in B "rain" mode most of the time. No difference in full-throttle power, just twist ratio. Don't need a quick throttle in the first 10 degrees of twist. Overall, really couldn't find fault with it, other than the chain drive and it's not pretty.



    I thought the gearing on the XSR900 felt short...need to look that up...felt like I was always in a higher gear than expected.

    The FZ-07 is an absolute rascal...torquey and grunty, the engine has loads of character and wants to play. The chassis felt well-sorted and the handling was extremely nimble. I thought it had a very well-appointed dash for the price category with digital bar tach, fuel gauge, digital speedo, separate left/right indicators, and more.



    Food was involved, Carlos...but alas no pics. You might have approved: complimentary little sections (75 mm long) of some submarine sandwiches, your choice of turkey, ham, or beef with some potato chips.
    I rode the MT09 and Tracer last year and was really impressed, they both go like stink and are super competitively priced.

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    My passenger was not impressed with the accommodation on the back of the Tracer. I'd love to try an FJR just to see if I could live with the weight/bulk of the thing - I could probably just about afford a ten year old one.

    I live only two miles from a Yam dealership and took out their 1200 Tenere demo a couple of years ago - Love the look of that bike. The riding experience was ok but no more than that.....


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    I didn't feel at all intimidated by the weight of the FJR, just the problem of getting my feet down. It didn't feel overly top-heavy to me. I only sensed the weight when lifting it off the side stand.

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    Went out for a short ride this morning to photograph my odometer roll over to 60000 kms. Also took the opportunity to check out a recently opened highway just East of Toronto and then rode some back roads to Mosport Raceway the former home of the Canadian Grand Prix.

    Short ride of only 200 kms but after last Saturday's weekend's 900 km Summer Solstice ride I needed to get home for a Golf game with my son.

    Now the 60k inspection to be done next week.
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    Did a 3 day tour of Yosemite and the surrounding areas with Pashnit. Below are a few representative pics. Link to the full adventure below.

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    2007 F800ST-------> 2013 F800GT

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    ^ Very cool, Dave! West Walker Motel looks like a some nice nostalgia!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futterman View Post
    ^ Very cool, Dave! West Walker Motel looks like a some nice nostalgia!
    Yup, the West Walker is highly recommended, and a real slice of travel nostalgia. The town of Walker doesn't even have a stoplight. What you would personally enjoy is that there is a great BBQ restaurant right across the street. I just did not take the camera with me, so I cannot contribute the food thread.
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    Looks like a great tour, will have to try Pashnit the next time I am in CA.



    Quote Originally Posted by Bill the Cat View Post
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    Just looked through your photo album Bill, what a great adventure, some proper characters and a real eclectic mix of bikes, looks like you had a great time!

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    Just back from a four day trip to the Peak District. Weather was a bit mixed but it didnt stop it being a nice little trip. Covered around 560 miles altogether.

    Local residents hold up the traffic in Chatsworth Park.




    Roads were pretty clear for the most part.




    Had the road to ourselves heading West over Snake Pass on Thursday.






    No so lucky on Friday over the Cat & Fiddle though.




    Did some of the smaller roads too.










    Lovely little villages.




    Still a few of these about too.




    And the sun did show itself a few times.






    Thats probably my lot as far as touring goes until about September

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    Great scenes of some beautiful countryside, nicko!

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    This is what happens when your eldest leaves his bike in your garage so you can do some work on it . . . . . . . . .

    . . . . . . . . . . . you have to take it out for a test ride . . . . . . . don't you?













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    Awesome. Are those smooth stones formed by glacial action?

    We don't have them around here...the glaciers stopped north of this area.

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    They're sea smoothed peebles / rocks Futterman. The picture was taken just too the west of the mouth of the river Spey at Kingston.

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    Cool. Our rocks are limestone from ancient sea beds and look like this.

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    Decided to take my own F8GS out today, into the hills a little way south of home . . . .

    A view to the Cairngorms



    General Wades Rd, just along from Tomintoul



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    Trees and dirt


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    Popped down to Brands Hatch to watch the MCN track day novices go round, mostly Blades & R1's out there but did spot a couple of boxers and a very nice Cagiva

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    Checked out the "Motosocial" meet in Toronto last Wednesday evening.

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    Shoving off tomorrow morning for the US BMW MOA National rally in Hamburg, New York this weekend. Will overnight in a motel in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania and then arrive Friday afternoon for camping at Das Rally! Riding with three buddies.


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    Ride safe and enjoy Das Rally. Hopefully I will be there for a day visit on Saturday if I get my bike back from the 60k service. I am in Toronto and only 2 hrs away from Hamburg.

    Quote Originally Posted by Futterman View Post
    Shoving off tomorrow morning for the US BMW MOA National rally in Hamburg, New York this weekend. Will overnight in a motel in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania and then arrive Friday afternoon for camping at Das Rally! Riding with three buddies.

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    This morning, in Colorado's front range near Golden, up the Golden Gate canyon, thence north along the Peak to Peak highway, and east on 72 through Wondervue and down the Coal Creek canyon.

    Parts of that Golden Gate look like Switzerland. Huge crowds of Harleys going up the Coal Creek but I was going opposite direction, alone.
    2016 F800GT gray-sapphire

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    Well it wasn't on the F800, that would have been too easy and it wasn't yesterday. A week or so ago I completed a 2,004 mile run from home to Lands End then up to John O'Groats and back home again riding my 1981 R65LS. The last 431 miles were covered in one day with just 2 short stops.

    The event was with the BMW Airhead Fellowship raising funds for the Air Ambulance charity. It wasn't easy at 82 plus years but I'm happy that I did it!
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    Did another tour with Pashnit. This was Sierra North, which means ride up the mountains, turn around, ride down the mountain, rinse repeat. Again, good bunch of folks, and I got to see an R1200RS handle twisties. Now I want one.

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    The link to the full adventure is here:

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    Futterman, I again forgot to bring the camera to the restaraunt (and the phone was charging).

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    Um, well, ah....no wing report. Did not make it to Anchor Bar. To be honest, we were having a lot of fun at the BMW MOA rally - which included adult beverages - so didn't feel compelled to get on the bikes and head into town.

    I am working on a ride report...will post the first installment at some point.

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    Took a hot and humid ride out to Northern Va Horse Country. Started out at 86F and ended at 101.3F (and a dew point at 73F). Thankfully, I persevered by drinking and dousing myself (head, shirt, chest protector, pants) with cold water. An Oreo ice cream milk shake at the halfway point didn't hurt, either. The F800GT performed admirably and I noticed a few admiring looks along the way. The only hiccup occurred when I stopped to fish something out of my tank bag and the searing heat from the left vent nearly burned my inner thigh. Looking forward to a better-weather ride asap.Click image for larger version.

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    Cool pics, hot ride! The sideways view on the bridge was neat, as were all the photos.

    I lived in the Old Dominion once upon a time...hotter than Hades with twice the humidity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futterman View Post
    Um, well, ah....no wing report. Did not make it to Anchor Bar. To be honest, we were having a lot of fun at the BMW MOA rally - which included adult beverages - so didn't feel compelled to get on the bikes and head into town.

    I am working on a ride report...will post the first installment at some point.
    Well... don't feel too badly. All those years that I lived in Buffalo and I never made it to the Anchor Bar either. Think adult beverages were my blocker too in my youth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    Well it wasn't on the F800, that would have been too easy and it wasn't yesterday. A week or so ago I completed a 2,004 mile run from home to Lands End then up to John O'Groats and back home again riding my 1981 R65LS. The last 431 miles were covered in one day with just 2 short stops.

    The event was with the BMW Airhead Fellowship raising funds for the Air Ambulance charity. It wasn't easy at 82 plus years but I'm happy that I did it!
    Good man, yourself!! Sounds like it was for a good cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    Well it wasn't on the F800, that would have been too easy and it wasn't yesterday. A week or so ago I completed a 2,004 mile run from home to Lands End then up to John O'Groats and back home again riding my 1981 R65LS. The last 431 miles were covered in one day with just 2 short stops.

    The event was with the BMW Airhead Fellowship raising funds for the Air Ambulance charity. It wasn't easy at 82 plus years but I'm happy that I did it!
    Will - you're an inspiration. Gives me hope that I might be able to keep on riding for a long time yet.....


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    Last working day today, well I'm in holidays but I went to the office to power on all the servers after an electrical maintenance.

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    Went out today and ran a 130 mile circuit on 'B' and unclassified roads around the county. Temps started at 14C then got up to 17C, so not a warm day but Ok for motorcycling. Gave me a chance to try out the new Accelerator module I have fitted https://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...45#post2294145

    Two buddies followed on their bikes and the surprise was one who had been running an R1200RT, turned up on a brand new Yamaha Tracer 700. Said he felt so much happier on the smaller bike and enjoyed flicking it around the bends on the country roads https://f800riders.org/forum/showthre...97#post2301697

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    just a short ride to the dam for a coffee, just had the F800gt 2016 for a couple weeks.


    Wivenhoe dam near Fernvale Qld
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    just a short ride to the dam for a coffee, just had the F800gt 2016 for a couple weeks.
    Welcome Les!

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